Our international team is based in Berlin, Germany. Click on any of these fine folks to learn more.
Alexis (Danger) Bainger, was hatched on an farm in country South Australia. Far from neighbours or entertainment as you know it, the need to improvise strengthened her creative superpower, and her desire for adventure. She has lived in 6 countries, speaks 4.5 languages and has proudly lived 12 of her 9 lives. Like all super-heros, Danger Bainger is on a quest to help save the world. Currently she is doing that at Ecosia, previously she started the littledudes.de charity project.
Christian is originally from Wittenberg in Germany. After finishing school, he studied Business Administration in Nuremberg. At university he was disappointed to see that most people saw profit making as the only valid objective for a business. Christian decided that he wanted to do something more meaningful with his energy, and so he decided to travel the world for a year. During his travels he learned about the importance of trees for survival of our planet, and he finally launched Ecosia in 2009.
Fátima González-Torres has the most typical Spanish name and does hold a passport of that nationality. Having lived around the globe since young years, though, at least 3 languages feel like her mother tongue which form a very personal Esperanto she can only practice with her siblings. Before coming to Ecosia she trained her storytelling skills in journalism and documentary film and is now training herself in Irish tin whistle. At Ecosia she gives a voice to the users from all over the world and looks deeper into the stories of the wonderful communities whom the tree-planting program is empowering to lead a better life.
Jacey Bingler is half English and half German, which does come as an advantage when dealing with international journalists but leaves her with a slightly unhealthy passion for Brit Pop, antiquated swear words and tea biscuits. She joined Ecosia after a few years in book and music publishing, translating, content management, and city marketing. At Ecosia, she not only reaches out to the press, but is also happy to convince organizations and companies of the many advantages of this wonderful tree planting search engine.
After 20 years of village life in Saxony-Anhalt, Krissy moved to Berlin in 2003. She studied Business Law, relishing in big city life. Since her time at university, Krissy has worked for various companies, bookkeeping and managing communication with public authorities. In her free time, Krissy is completely devoted to her two boys, her husband and her friends.
When I joined Ecosia it immediately felt right. I love to empower teams to build products that are useful, and I was always passionate about the environment and how to heal the relationship between economy and nature. Now it feels like I'm on a great adventure algonside an awesome and inspiring crew exploring these questions. At the same time, we are trying new ways of working together, being more whole as humans while we do so, which can be frightening and exhilarating at the same time. When I take a break from all of this, I love to go running or hiking.
Born in Bulgaria, bred in the US, Ina spent much time figuring out how to have a positive impact on the world. Her journey started with a 2 year stint in the US Peace Corps, where she taught English in Azerbaijan. Then she got her Masters in International Development, and lived and researched in Nepal. Finding her way to the digital world, Ina consulted for a few web-based non-profits in New York, inadvertently switching her focus to user experience design. In her free time, Ina – a lazy outdoors person – can be found napping under a tree, skiing off a boulder, or climbing up a rock. It’s not hard to see why Ecosia is where she ended up!
Born in Germany's eco-capital Freiburg, Tim early on enjoyed protest marches against nearby nuclear plant Fessenheim and the new B31-Ost. Both unsuccessfully. He's certainly more successful as a tech entrepreneur, with Ecosia.org a very dear project to him at the intersection of technology and ecology. Other than that, he drives his wife and two kids nuts by being an avid 'Mülltrenner'.
Dominik Henter was born in (not so) world-famous Wittlich, but left anyway to study computer science in Kaiserslautern. Having spent several years in the Palatinate Forest and two months in the rain forest of Borneo, he not only learned to tell apart all three kinds of maple that grow in Germany, but also to deeply care about the forest, making Ecosia a perfect fit. When he’s not at work, he currently learns the saxophone. Apart from that you will probably find him playing board games, bouldering or relaxing in his hammock.
Wolfgang discovered his green side during his studies and when writing his PhD on decentralizing energy generation. He extensively worked in the field of solar electricity generation both in Germany and California before joining Ecosia. Since then, he remains puzzled how trees manage to turn air and water into wood and other useful materials.
As a young and sturdy sapling, Nikki always thought her roots would take permanent hold in her beloved hometown of London. But in 2015, the winds of change did blow and she found her branches extending over the Atlantic towards Berlin. After a budding year spent in the start up scene, Nikki stumbled upon Ecosia where she found fertile ground for nourishing her core passion for sustainability and social business. Having grown tall enough, she sends her shoots back over to her native land and harvests growth from the UK for Ecosia. She stands strong in solidarity with her bonsai companion, Ovid, and his brothers and sisters from all over the world.
Born in Hamburg, Ferdinand left his hometown at the age of 17 for military service with the Austrian mountain infantry. Later on, he studied civil engineering and social psychology. After a professional rugby career in France, he became an associate partner of C9consultants as a business coach and leadership trainer. In 2014, Ferdinand followed his intuition, left C9 and went on a spiritual journey in Northern and Central America. Currently, he is publishing his first novel, becoming passionate about permaculture and deepening his relationship with nature. He tries to inspire people to choose a responsible, joyful and conscious way of living.
Hungry to become an ecologist and save the rainforests, Pieter learned during his studies that it's most of all humanity that decides whether forests have a future. He then tried to understand the different forest stakeholders and worked with the United Nations, in commercial forests in Argentina and at different NGOs. Having travelled over 60 countries (and living in some of them) he now manages Ecosia tree planting activities and makes sure Ecosia plants trees where they make sense for people and nature. In his free time, you might find Pieter performing piano or guitar at some stage in Germany or Holland.
Being very far from home is not unusual for Julián. After discovering amazing cultures far away from his beloved Colombia, he realized how fragile the environment is and decided to focus his engineering skills towards a better world. He is a believer of green energy and sustainable technologies. When he is not developing apps that save the planet, repairing things or playing latin caribbean rhythms, he is exploring Gaia a little bit further.
Best described as someone who once hugged a tree and liked it, Joshi grew up in Luxembourg before studying moral and political philosophy at the the University of Cambridge and the Sorbonne. Following graduation, he returned to Luxembourg to work for public radio and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He’s been flourishing in Berlin since 2017, where he documents the amazing impact Ecosia’s reforestation projects have on the natural world and on everyone who depends on it.
Paul migrated from Australia to sunny Germany in search for the answers to some difficult questions. He hasn't yet found the answers, but he has progressed significanlty in the city of Berlin where he discovered that even as a developer one can have some positive impact on the world. He thanks his past life in Australia for developing his affinity with nature and feels very happy and fortunate that he can give back to nature through working with Ecosia.
Sina loves animals and nature: things that are hard to come by in his home town of Tehran, one of the most polluted cities. Moving to Northern Cyprus peaked his interest as a photographer and after leaving the isolated island, he went on to live in Istanbul. There – surrounded by millions – he dreamt of a quiet, green place that he found in Berlin. To him, the city is more than a concrete wasteland but a place where you can spot foxes at night and where the trees are constantly changing colors.
Raised between Lisbon's suburbs and the Portuguese countryside, André became someone with much love for chaos, technology and metropolitan life, but also for meaningful relations and nature. He likes to talk, laugh and ride mountain bikes in the mud. After 5 years working as a video producer, he felt his career was plateauing and decided that programming was worth a shot! A lot of gray hairs later, he found a company that made him feel that he was doing something good for the world, and now spends his days complaining with people on Slack.
Having been passionate for web disciplines since times when Google did not exist, Emanuele has been freelancing in Italy and specialized in frontend development at several startups in Amsterdam before landing in Berlin.
Markus started his developer carreer writing clunky HTML tables before studying that topic. He detoured through a mainstream web agency space and the fintech startup scene before finally arriving at Ecosia. He is thankful to have gotten to a place where the mindset of his private life matches the mindset of his professional life much better. Originally from Vienna, he lived in North Carolina and London before coming to Berlin where he not only started his journey at Ecosia, but also his journey as a father.
Before ending up as a software developer at Ecosia, Jason cut his teeth as a tour guide, ambulance driver, and Apple Store Genius while studying and playing jazz saxophone. Originally from Canada, Jason has lived in London, Amsterdam, and now Berlin, and can usually be found cooking, riding trains across Europe, or listening to some Dexter Gordon.
Malgosia fills up days with work that truly matters to her, interior with things that define her soul, and life with experiences that match her personality. Motion is the word that describes her and resonates in all what constantly keeps her curious and busy. For years she has been using travel as a form of meditation to not only be closer to nature itself but actually closer to herself.
Having stumbled onto the early Web during his Physics PhD at Edinburgh, Stuart has had not so much a career as an adventure ever since. Across five of Europe's loveliest capitals whether researching superconductivity, teaching in schools, coding open source software or founding two start-ups, he has always sought to apply the Web's potential for doing good. Now living with a view across the treetops of Berlin and helping build Ecosia's search, it all makes sense.
Ever since he got his hands on a clunky old computer and made it display text green on black in the mid-90s, Lasse has eagerly awaited the day when automation would translate into wealth and free time for everyone. In the mean time, he has been dividing his time between studying (sub-)cultures, exploring obscure places worldwide, social and climate activism and enjoying Berlin's great cultural offerings. Here, he also survived the dot com crash and is now an aspiring part-time Flâneur.
With a background in cultural science and digital communications, Génica helps Ecosia to spread the green word. She considers herself a future crazy cat lady (if she is not already) and has a weakness for flower print dresses (that she tries to puchase second hand only!). Although Génica is a born and raised Berlinerin, her heart is beating for Spain where she hopes to end up one day, living in a tiny house and building an animal sanctuary (to host lots of smartass pigs).
Although her German may never exceed B2 level, having lived in Berlin for the past 9 years, Zsofia considers herself a true Berlinerin. Ergo, aside from loving to complain about the rising housing prices, she is very passionate about social and environmental issues. In Ecosia she has found a place where she can combine her 10-year-old eco-terrorist self with the Berlin start-up lifestyle she loves. When she is not crunching numbers, she is probably in a park spinning with her daughter.
Rebecca was born in Scotland and grew up in France, and since little has always loved making things. After 6 years of studying art in many forms, exploring what it means to be a human being, she moved to Berlin to be an aspiring artist. To further her quest and still searching for ways to be an agent of change, she is currently doing a master in sustainability in the built environment. Maybe from spending most of her life on a cheese farm, she loves good food that nourishes mind and body! At Ecosia, she prepares a hearty breakfast once a week for the lovely team, with awareness of what is in season and available locally.
Trudie successfully Brexit-ed from London in favour of Berlin in 2018. Combining her love for activism with a goldfish-like attention span, Trudie’s mission is to spread the word about Ecosia on social media and beyond. When she’s not putting photos of trees on the ‘gram, she’s eating vegan junk food or scrolling through political memes.
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